Chris J Powell

Disruptive Technology is like…

Ok so we have to keep this on the down low, I don’t want Tyler Durden to find out that I am doing this.  I stumbled across a great article over at Information Week that describes Disruptive Technology like being a participant in Fight Club but as intrigued as I was with Peter Waterhouse’s look at Disruptive Technology…I thought that I would take it one step further…yep time for a new feature.  Saturday Krispification! There are many truths about working in IT or around Technology for that matter.  I for one have been engaging in “Shadow IT” for years because I not only understand the Tech but can separate business needs from personal needs quite well because the reality is…for the most part for me they are the same thing.  In the Information Week Article, Peter describes 5 Rules of the DT Fight Club…and while I liked what he had to say…the point of a “Krispification” is to put my spin on what an industry writer has put out there for the world to read. Rule #1: You do not … Read more

Free App Friday – Replacing WordPress

This is a topic that I have been flirting with for some time (basically since I started Krispy’s Rants in April of 2011.  While the power of the world’s most popular Content Management Solution (CMS) has served me well through several redesigns and a Web Host switch…a “corruption” of the Database last night is the straw that broke the camel’s back. So where do I start, well this has been my challenge right from the start.  I don’t want to have to learn the nuances of PHP Scripting to be able to function as a Blog but in many ways I am thinking that as someone with some Tech Savvy it is time to branch out and not be a slave to what ever is easiest.  There are lots of great alternatives and one of the things that the future of Krispy’s Rants must be is Open Source…so heading over to Open Source CMS lets me peer into the latest and greatest of what Open Source has to offer. Some ground Rules for my moving forward: Cannot be Ruby or Python … Read more

Infographic of the Day – Cloud as a Business

There is little disputing the fact that the Cloud has become big business and it is not going anywhere, any time soon.  Today’s Infographic is brought to you by Grasshopper Group and Chargify.  The real question is…are we in bubble mode or are we approaching another bust??? Cheers, Chris J Powell  

HP Moonshot hits the Market

Back in January I did a post on ARM based Servers and in that post I spoke about the HP Moonshot concept server.  More information has come to light with regards to this “Software Enabled Server” and the hope that this new class of microserver will be the next big thing for HP. The entire concept of the Moonshot project is pretty impressive and it all starts with the Chassis classified as the HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis.  The 4.3U case has all the power, management, networking, storage and cooling components needed to spin up, a whopping 45 Moonshot Servers, that is each tuned to a different, specific workload. The first of the HP Proliant Moonshot Servers is available today and looking at the specs…it is pretty impressive when considering that it would be just one of 45 in that rack mount! HP is claiming that the Moonshot Server system will use 89% less energy than a conventional Blade Server take up 80% less space and cost 77% less than current servers.  Those are interesting claims to say the least.  I … Read more

Cloud SNAFU – Is your Data really Safe?

I woke up this morning not feeling the greatest.  It is hard to know if it is the up and down of the thermometer here in Ontario lately or the petri dish that every modern office has become but once again I am back on Anti-biotics and feeling like my head is in a fish bowl.  But when I started looking around the Interwebz for something that caught my eye I noticed an obscure little article about a Cloud SNAFU with a moderately sized Cloud Service Provider DigitalOcean. In the article over at it sites that the low cost alternative to Amazon and Rackspace has not been completely wiping the data of its former customers before reprovisioning the space for new customers.  One of DigitalOcean’s customers Kenneth White stumbled across several Gigabytes of data that was not his when “noodling” around with the service.  It is bad enough finding email addresses and web links but when you start to get Usernames and Passwords…well that is just not a good thing at all. Under normal circumstances this is exactly the type … Read more

Infographic of the Day – The Current State of SaaS

Software as a Service or SaaS is not something new…it has been around for a long time…it has had many other names but the distributed software model is the bones that holds the Cloud together.  Today’s Infographic is brought to us by  The reality of SaaS and all the other “aaS” forms that have popped up, is that while growing in popularity and profitability they are still a very small portion of IT spending around the world. Cheers, Chris J Powell  

The Things about Technology that FRUSTRATE ME

There is no doubt that I love technology and all the wonderful things that it can do for me. In a moment’s notice I can be checking out the latest gadgets coming out of China and then switch over and listen to all my favorite music in streaming glory, then hop into Gamer Mode and have a rousing game of Ghost Recon with some guys in Poland that I will never meet.  It is amazing how connected we are and how easy technology has made things…until we peel back the layers and want to make things really happen! There are things that truly still get my ire up when it comes to technology and I am far more calm about these things than most would be, I guess it is my time spent using Open Source products that has given me some perspective. 1. New OS on Old Hardware There has been more than one occasion in the past that I have tried to update the OS on an older computer, both for myself, for friends and for family only … Read more

The Enterprise Software Market is Changing…Are You Ready?

Waking up late is not something that I like, especially when I had the best intentions of getting an early start this morning and really putting in a ton of focus both to my morning rituals and to the entire work day before a 3 Day Weekend…but waking up feeling under the weather does that to you.  I was out looking for a topic and it would appear that it is either a slow news week in Technology or my Google Search Mojo is starting to wear off but I did find an interesting series of stats that comes direct from Gartner Research. The trends revealed in an article over at puts some weight behind a trend that I have been seeing with my clients for the past couple of years and that is the Enterprise Software Market is changing dramatically from the domain of internal IT Staff to an Outsourced or SaaS model increasingly fast.  According to Gartner, categories like CRM will grow three times as fast in the cloud as they will on premise! What really impressed me … Read more

To Chromebook or Not to Chromebook

I have played around with the ChromeOS a few times by installing it both on a 7″ Asus eeePC and on an 10″ Acer Aspire but I did not really get the concept behind the OS itself.  There are several manufacturers out there now building dedicated Chromebooks and I really wonder…is it worth the investment in a Chromebook? Over at the Chromebook homepage there are 4 distinct models featured and they range in price from $199 US to $449 US and I wonder how much of a difference there is for a spread of more than $200? Looking at the specs: Samsung Chromebook Acer C7 Chromebook HP Pavilion Chromebook Samsung Chromebok 550 Display 11.6″ 11.6″ 14″ 12.1″ Resolution 1366×768 1366×768 1366×768 1280×800 Battery 6.5hours 4hours 4.25 hours 6  hours Processor Exynos 5 Dual Core Processor Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor Intell Celeron Dual Core Intel Core Processor Storage 16GB SSD +100GB Google Drive 320 GB HDD + 100 GB Google Drive 16GB SSD + 100GB Google Drive 16GB SSD + 100GB Google Drive Internet 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi 802.11  a/b/g/n WiFi … Read more